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4lb unroasted green coffee + popcorn popper $20 + $8.99 Shipping

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https://www.sweetmarias.com/produ...orn-popper

$20 + shipping gets you the popper + 4lb of unroasted coffee
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$30 + shipping gets you the popper + 8lb of unroasted coffee

Shipping for me was $8.99, not sure if it's the same to the East Coast
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A popcorn popper does an excellent job of roasting beans. No need to buy a roaster. Many people hate them for popcorn, so they can be found at second hand stores for really cheap. Look at the inside bottom. the vents must be on the side, not a screen at the bottom.
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This is an easy (and cheap) way to experiment with home roasting. I started with a popcorn popper but eventually moved to a Behmor since I wanted to roast in larger quantities. I've gotten my money back and then some over the years compared to the normal prices of fresh-roasted coffee. Once you get used to fresh roasted-coffee, its hard to go back to grocery store stuff (with unknown roast dates)
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sweetmarias.com has been around for many years. Highly reputable. No idea what kind of coffee you're getting, so can't comment on that. Cheap green beans go for around $4/lb and lowest price on their site is around $5/lb, so this is a pretty sweet deal.
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I recently got into roasting and use a Whirley Pop which seems to work great. It's not a super-even roast, from what I've seen but it turns out pretty well for what it is. You can get these for around $20 from Bed Bath & Beyond before 20% or $5 off coupons.... come to think about it, I recall using a 20% and am not sure why I didn't use a $5 off if that's the case (ugh). Anyway, 4lbs of unroasted coffee there is $20.50 normally so this is a pretty good. Cheapest I've seen unroasted coffee for is in the $2.50-$3 range in general (or $10-$12). If the popper is worth more than $10 then this isn't bad at all... although shipping could also be a factor.
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A popcorn popper does an excellent job of roasting beans. No need to buy a roaster. Many people hate them for popcorn, so they can be found at second hand stores for really cheap. Look at the inside bottom. the vents must be on the side, not a screen at the bottom.

You can do it with the screen on the bottom, you just have to be more careful as the fire danger (chaff catching fire) is higher.


http://coffeegeek.com/forums/coff...ast/171369


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySBAVyQA-Ys this one is done with a Presto Poplite, which has a screen on the bottom.


Sweet Maria's is *THE* place for green beans.
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Interesting had no idea
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I went to Hawaii and took coffee tours and on one of them, they tried to sell a roasting machine for $100+ and I asked what the difference was between that and the popcorn air popper and the tour guide wasn't pleased with my question. He admitted not much of a difference. I bought the raw beans there too and brought back to roast my own. Smelled good, but not as good as the Illy coffee, but is fun to make.
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I recently got into roasting and use a Whirley Pop which seems to work great. It's not a super-even roast, from what I've seen but it turns out pretty well for what it is. You can get these for around $20 from Bed Bath & Beyond before 20% or $5 off coupons.... come to think about it, I recall using a 20% and am not sure why I didn't use a $5 off if that's the case (ugh). Anyway, 4lbs of unroasted coffee there is $20.50 normally so this is a pretty good. Cheapest I've seen unroasted coffee for is in the $2.50-$3 range in general (or $10-$12). If the popper is worth more than $10 then this isn't bad at all... although shipping could also be a factor.
I also had a Whirley Pop but i think mine may have been defective since the gears always got jammed. I prefer using the popcorn popper because it's much easier and also takes up a lot less counter space, but if you're getting good results, stick with it

As to the evenness of the roast, it's very, very good, but not perfect from my experience. a cheap extension cord is a must, because otherwise the beans roast too quickly. i aim for about 7.5 minutes total
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I went to Hawaii and took coffee tours and on one of them, they tried to sell a roasting machine for $100+ and I asked what the difference was between that and the popcorn air popper and the tour guide wasn't pleased with my question. He admitted not much of a difference. I bought the raw beans there too and brought back to roast my own. Smelled good, but not as good as the Illy coffee, but is fun to make.
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I went to Hawaii and took coffee tours and on one of them, they tried to sell a roasting machine for $100+ and I asked what the difference was between that and the popcorn air popper and the tour guide wasn't pleased with my question. He admitted not much of a difference. I bought the raw beans there too and brought back to roast my own. Smelled good, but not as good as the Illy coffee, but is fun to make.
not sure if you still roast coffee, but there are a handful of variables, including ambient temperature, the beans themselves, the amount (weight) you are trying to roast, the power of the popcorn popper (can be reduced by using extension cords), and of course time.

then once roasted, brewing variables include: age of coffee, grind size, water temperature, brew method (which has it's own further sub set of variables)

a cup of coffee is just one giant mathematical equation.
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Smelled good, but not as good as the Illy coffee, but is fun to make.
That was my experience too - did the thrift store air popper with some Sweet Maria beans. Fun but not worth the effort for me long term. Of course, I add a spoonful of chicory to my pot and switched to ground Italian roast instead of beans a while back.

To appease the coffee snobs grimacing at my adulterations, I did move to an altitude a bit under 4,000 feet, so my brewing water is perfect at a full boil. :-)

Sweet Maria's was always great to deal with back when they sold chicory.
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How much do the brands weigh after they're roasted?
will you get a medium or dark roast with the popper?
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Good deal.

Don't forget you'll lose 15-20% of the green bean's weight after roasting.
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How much do the brands weigh after they're roasted?
will you get a medium or dark roast with the popper?
You lose a bit of volume after a roast. (15-20%) The beauty of roasting is that you decide how you would like it roasted. Smilie You could stop at medium or take it to a dark roast.
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Thanks!! In for the 8lbs... I love SweetMarias and have roasted coffee in a popcorn popper and a wok to varying degrees of success. Roasting this way is a really cool experience for anyone who loves coffee.. for $20, you'll get a lot of value out of it.
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